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Seeking Devices That Can Rapidly Heat Liquids in Closed Containers

Request Number REQ1371057
Due Date April 25, 2018
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Seeking Devices That Can Rapidly Heat Liquids in Closed Containers
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a Fortune 500 Consumer Packaged Goods company invites proposals for technologies that can heat a liquid within a closed package. The successful technology will rapidly (within one minute) and thoroughly heat a liquid contained in a sealed package for a consumer application. The packaging materials might consist of those typical for direct food contact, including plastics, glass, and aluminum. Technologies and technical adaptations from other industries, but with the size, form factor and/or ability to scale down to incorporate into a consumer device, are of significant interest.

Background

The ability to heat small volumes of liquid rapidly has been the subject of technical development for a variety of end uses and industries. From a consumer perspective, devices that allow for convenient, rapid, and uniform heating have multiple applications, from camping equipment to on-demand coffee brewing to heating a bowl of soup in a microwave.

 

Efficient, uniform heating to a precise temperature, and through a variety of materials, proves challenging when in closed systems.  The RFP sponsor seeks devices, systems, or platform technologies that have the ability to efficiently transfer energy into a closed system to heat a small volume of liquid. The challenge is to identify systems or devices that can account for differences in the insulation factors of various packaging materials, uniformly heat the entire volume of liquid (i.e. promote turbulence), and detect or measure the temperature of the packaged liquid to achieve a desired endpoint.

 

The client is interested in finding current technologies from adjacent industries that may be adapted to a retail or consumer system. Approaches that can be adapted to achieve some or all of the desired results are of significant interest.

 

Key Success Criteria

The technology should:

  • Effectively and uniformly heat a volume of liquid, e.g.water (up to 300 mL) within one minute, from cool or ambient temperature (5o – 25oC) to 65 – 70oC, for example.
  • Operate on a volume of packaged liquid in a sealed, closed system. Packaging materials might consist of those typical to direct food contact, including plastics, glass, and aluminum. Modifications to the packaging material are allowable as long as they don’t impact safety, reuse, or recyclability of the material.
  • Be applicable for, or adaptable to, consumer use (i.e. small footprint, relatively quiet, energy draw comparable to a typical consumer-level device)

 

Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Technologies based on established systems such as microwaves, acoustics, convection, IR, induction heating, radiant panel, ceramics, etc.
  • Adaptations from industries such as automotive, commercial heating, aerospace, electronics, research, etc.
  • The RFP client is open to any technology that can be adapted to fit the listed criteria

 

Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Approaches that require substantial energy draw
  • Approaches that cannot be adapted to sealed containers
  • Technologies that cannot be modified for potential consumer use (in terms of size, safety, noise, cost, etc.)

 

Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Contract Analysis and Testing
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Supply Agreement
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted

Your response should address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology and working principle
  • Availability of technical data
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to commercialize, ready to implement, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience

 

Appropriate responses to this Request

Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.  For example:

 

You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.

You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.

You represent a company or university that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.

You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial scale.

You represent a technology transfer agency that represents an inventor or technology holder who can demonstrate an approach to address the request.

You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.

You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.

 

 

Area of Interest
  • Consumer Products
  • Packaging
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